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Gorgeous Waterfront Town & Country Home on St. Helena Sound

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Living, screening and game room with TV/DVD and music options.


Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:3
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

Waterfront Home, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Front & back covered patios, Sleeps

Slip back in time on your drive to Lili, our waterfront, private getaway on St. Helena Sound. The entrance to this private residence includes a half-mile drive along the Avenue of Oaks, listed on the National Register of Historic places. En route, you will pass the original, antebellum plantation home (circa1800), once the center of Coffin Point, a pre-Civil War cotton plantation. Your last right turn is home to a two-story private residence, the driveway alongside ancient, Live Oak trees. The home is bordered by native plantings of seasonal flowers on three sides with a spectacular view of the Sound, on the fourth. If the trees could speak, imagine the stories a hundred-year history might reveal. Indulge in the best of both worlds, the natural beauty of the intracoastal waterway with shrimp boats, sailboats, kayaks, dolphins, seagulls and pelican and more. The surrounding, densely wooded countryside alongside St. Helena Sound provides a stunning backdrop filled with the natural sounds of the coastal environment.

Inside the home, guests enjoy custom designed furnishings by the owners which includes an extensive renovations using master craftsmen and local artisans and the natural setting as guides.

Windows open to expansive, scenic views and ever remind guests of the exceptional natural beauty they are immersed.

The colors, textures and fibers of the decor mirror the calm yet dramatic lowcountry environment. The ceilings were raised to expose huge, wooden beams acquired from a local cotton mill. The comfy furnishings suggest the sea, land and sky in a soft, soothing color pallet. The copper counters in the galley kitchen were added for serious cooking and easy clean up. Ware is part of the design exposing its ever changing patina. The line between inside and out has been consciously blurred with plenty of open space inside and natural daylight with floor to ceiling windows in the great room, and more windows room by room revealing the natural life at the seashore that impact all five senses.

Coffin Point's beachfront is a natural seashore. It is manicured only by the ocean tides and its contents - twice daily. It's the real deal, rugged with tons of shells, chord grass and other hardy saltwater treated gifts. Teaming with sea life, this beach is not groomed for swimming but rather exploring, clamming, shelling, fishing and hiking. If you want to swim, pack up our beach towels, chairs & your water toys or rent a kayak, surf board ...and head to nearby Hunting Island State Park -an easy 10 minute drive.

At either beachfront, ours or the State Park, it is common to see and hear dolphin, working shrimp boats and a range of seabird action. What is truly wonderful about living by the sea, is experiencing the changes hour by hour, day by day, week by week.

While at home, you can enjoy both front or back covered patios; oversize deck chair seaside or rocking chairs forest side, or put on your walking, biking or jogging attire to explore the beachfront and dirt road network throughout the neighborhood.

Cooking is meant to be fun and easy in this home. All grocery needs can be satisfied within a 10-minute drive with neighboring fish markets, fishing marinas, fresh vegetable farms, grocery stores and quick stop markets.

Local restaurants and chefs offer catered services while a short drive, increases options to five-star cuisine in town as well as casual dinning at most local diners -- and most feature local seafood. Some have recipes passed down through the generations using ingredients from neighboring farms and docks.

Local favorites include Johnson Creek Tavern, Gullah Grub, Sand Dollar, Foolish Frog, Bella Luna and The Shrimp Shack (referenced in Pat Conroy’s cookbook.) Each with their own specialties and ambiance.

A wide variety of touring opportunities can be found throughout the region from art, history & culture to active sports, sight seeing or plain serious shopping & dinning.

For outdoor adventure we recommend Hunting Island State Park, a 10-minute drive away - where you will find five miles of swimming/surfing beachfront - without the traditional residential over-development. Miles of woodland & seaside biking and hiking. There is a minimal gate pass fee. Swimming, surfing, kayaking, paddle boarding and a variety of fishing gear can be coordinated at the Park's nature center – or in town, plus special & educational family activities are scheduled throughout the summer months right at the park.

Hunting Island has thousands of acres of gorgeous marsh views, tidal creeks, and a dense maritime forest. Here you will find excellent bird watcching and other wildlife and scenic natural views that is becoming rare along our developed coastlines.

Downtown Historic Beaufort is another popular destination - and less than 20 minute drive. Destinations include Port Royal - with it's own beachfront you can drive you car onto plus a boardwalk, Parris Island and the Marine Corp Air station and military bases welcome visitors to their museums with dining options...and a bit further and over a few more bridges you can reach Hilton Head Island, Charleston and Savannah in little over an hour for fun day trips.

Notable regional/seasonal events: Savannah Music Festival (March/Savannah) Heritage Golf Tournament (April/Hilton Head) Family Circle Tennis Cup (April/Daniel's Island) Soft Shell Crab Festival(Apr/Port Royal) Spoleto Festival (May-June /Charleston), Beaufort Water Festival (mid-July), Penn Center’s Heritage Festival (November/ St. Helena Is.), , and many local activities including ghost & home tours, Beaufort film festival (Feb/Mar) plus ever-present art gallery tours and community oyster roast fundraising fun in the winter.

Lili grounds allow for parking with room for your boat or RV. Several boat launches are only minutes away. Or, leave the toys and call on local, experienced guides. Join a boat or kayak tour, photo safari, dolphin watch, deep sea charter or sunset sail along the Intracoastal Waterway. Watch or participate in a regatta at the Lady’s Island Country Club, spin class at the YMCA or yoga class at One Yoga Sanctuary at Lady's Island Marina.

Keywords: Coastal elegance, lovingly titled (Lili) - you are invited to the comforts of town while vacationing in an elegant, private waterfront, rural community. Live Oak forest road and walk ways, natural beachfront, lush plantings, abundant wildlife and minutes from State Park, national historic landmarks, regional and international curltural events.
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Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2000 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Contract w/Guest - minimum age 21 years of age. ...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Huge waterfront lawn suitable for guests to view the scenic waterfront. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking allowed outside on patios and grounds. No smoking inside. ...moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    All pets must be approved by owner. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Bedroom 3


  • Other (See Description): 2 sleep sofa /futon

    Not sofa bed foldouts but super size comfy couches fits 6' ...moreless

  • All bedrooms on 2nd floor. Two bedrooms with queen bed, one bedroom with two twin beds. Sleeps 6. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • Full bathroom on each floor. Main floor has bath tub and shower. Second floor bath has large tiled bathroom with seperate, closed toilet room. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • All pets must be approved in advance. Lili is an exceptional home in a quiet residential, rural neighborhood and made available for family use only. Special events open to guests outside the registered six members are strictly prohibited. ...moreless


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Synagogues
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beach View:

    Beach view from Patio and all rooms face east - 1st floor Living/Dining and 2nd floor Master and Guest bedrooms....moreless

  • Beachfront:

    From patio deck, a grassy walk lined by ancient live oak trees overlooks St. Helena Sound.This waterfront beach is minutes perfect shelling, walking, fishing, jogging or long walks....moreless

  • Downtown:

    Twenty minute drive to historic downtown Beaufort - shopping, art galleries, gift boutique shops, restaurants, award-winning, downtown waterfront, city marina....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    St Helena Sound view from Patio, and all rooms facing east - 1st floor Living/Dining and 2nd floor Master and Guest bedrooms. Bathroom upstairs and downstairs. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Scenic, rural historic countryside. Ancient live oaks and native plantings, dirt roads with Live Oak canopy....moreless

  • Water View:

    Water Views from all east-facing rooms -- dinning, living room, two bedrooms, backporch seating. ...moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Scenic waterfront view of St. Helena Sound and ocean beyond -view from back patio and all rooms facing east - 1st floor Living/Dining and 2nd floor Master and Guest bedrooms....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dinning room has long wooden table with seating for six. Cloth linens are provided. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    One bath, hand and wash cloth provided for 6 guests....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Two living/seated areas with sofas, chairs, ottoman, tables and lighting. The largest great room includes flat screen tv and dvd player; A second living/sitting area adjoins dinning and cooking area....moreless

  • Parking:

    On Property with circular drive entrance/exit. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    Thick plantings and dense, tree canopy provides natural shade and some shelter from the elements....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Extensive parking on grounds along drive way and surrounding residence for two vehicles plu 30+ foot- boat and trailer. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer & dryer, laundry basket available for use. Soap, softeners etc are responsibility of guests. ...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Wireless network and password provided to guest in Welcome packet on arrival. ...moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Cabby Cuisine delivers from select restaurants and many restaurants offer pick up & delivery services plus full catering venues available to leave the cooking to others. ...moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Setting for 8; Misc serving items; blender; ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Galley-like Gourmet Full Kitchen with Copper Counters, Glass covered Cabinets ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Basic paper products, S&P, spices, ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Full size double-door refrigerator with full-size freezer....moreless

  • Stove:

    Electric / 4 burners / full oven and microwave. ...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    Oversize wooden deck furniture overlooks scenic St. Helena Sound - just off the main living and dining rooms through double-glass sliding doors....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal Grill...moreless

  • Tennis:

    Downtown Beaufort (20 minutes) public tennis courts has 7 hard courts, with nationally recognized tennis pro offering clinics at modest fees. ...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 1 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,250 $3,500
Jun 1 - Sep 1, 2017
3 night min stay
$1,500 $5,000
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,250 $3,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • cleaning fee $150 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10%



Guests are asked to purchase renters insurance (cost $49) covering up to $1500 damages. Lilis is a private residence located in a quiet, residential and rural neighborhood made available for family use of the registered guests. It is strictly prohibited for special event gatherings of members outside the registered guests. Pets must be approved in advance. Pet fee begins at $10 daily, per pet.

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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53 Miles
Nearest Airport
Savannah /HH International Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Nearest Restaurant
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Hilton Head Island -- Ferry to Daufuskie Island
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Ocean Golf Course - Fripp Island
30 Miles
Nearest Train
AmTrac in Yemassee, SC
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 21
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Publix Grocery
355 Miles
Nearest Ski
Beech Mountain, NC
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Swimming & Surfing at Hunting Island State Park

Car: Necessary

Waterfront property overlooking St. Helena Sound. Quiet, , residential neighborhood. Friendly neighborhood that enjoys the natural scenic beauty and rural setting. Shopping, restaurants and diversity of indoor and outdoor activities from Eco tours, horseback riding, surfing, biking to pampering Spa and Health Center, Yoga & dance classes, Historic Beaufort tours, Gullah Culture Museum and Community Center at Penn Center, Hunting Island State Park with fishing pier & public boat landing, Waterfront Park, playground and Historic Downtown Shopping District and local wildlife photo safaris. Downtown Beaufort has an active art community with exhibitions, classes and cultural events, a YMCA and public tennis courts and clinics through Scheper Tennis academy.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2005

About: Owner moved to South Carolina from California and raised her family on Hilton Head. As the family grew up, Lili was purchased as a family retreat. The home was purchased from a neighbor where her own mother once lived. In 2005 a major renovation, raising the ceilings, importing woods and other natural materials were used to expand every space with great attention to detail. Every appointment -- from furnishings to faucets and wall art were consciously and lovingly selected while meeting and befriending local talent.

Why Saint Helena Island, SC, USA:
Outstanding view of St. Helena Sound, this property is a blend of elegant, contemporary comforts midst a a rustic and rural, natural environment. This lovely home is part of a unique community that has grown up away from the maddening crown, around the sea and in a friendly neighborhood community in the country that enjoys a safe, quiet and perfect gathering place or getaway for friends and family. This property is made available for the strict purpose of family use. It is not available for special events or parties larger than the registered guests.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Scenic waterfront view, natural shell beach, abundant wildlife viewing, 100-year-old Live Oak forest, National Historic landmark community entrance, nearby Beach/State Park amenities, local and regional shopping opportunities, fine and casual dining, fresh seafood and fresh vegetable stands, events and activities for all ages.

Contact us

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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Guestbook comments from the property manager

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  • Living, screening and game room with TV/DVD and music options.

    Living, screening and game room with TV/DVD and music options.

  • Avenue of Oak drive to residence -- Pre-Civil War former plantation grounds

    Avenue of Oak drive to residence -- Pre-Civil War former plantation grounds

  • Master Bedroom with waterfront view of St. Helena Sound

    Master Bedroom with waterfront view of St. Helena Sound

  •  Hallway view of  Guest bedroom #2 /Twin beds

    Hallway view of Guest bedroom #2 /Twin beds

  • Entrance - House nestled midst Live Oak trees overlooks St. Helena Sound.

    Entrance - House nestled midst Live Oak trees overlooks St. Helena Sound.

  • Full bath with walk-in shower, water closet, 2 sinks & heated towel rack

    Full bath with walk-in shower, water closet, 2 sinks & heated towel rack

  • Live Oak Tree at National Cemetary in town.

    Live Oak Tree at National Cemetary in town.

  • Spartina Grass Islands & Morgan Island view enroute to Hunting Island State park

    Spartina Grass Islands & Morgan Island view enroute to Hunting Island State park

  • Scenic sunset Harbor River

    Scenic sunset Harbor River

  • Bedroom #3 / two twin beds

    Bedroom #3 / two twin beds

  • Front entrance overlooks flagstone patio and Live Oak forest

    Front entrance overlooks flagstone patio and Live Oak forest

  • Family and Dining room

    Family and Dining room

  •  Galley-like Gourmet  Kitchen opens to living/dining area

    Galley-like Gourmet Kitchen opens to living/dining area

  • Live Oak forest driveway entrance

    Live Oak forest driveway entrance

  • Waterfront view from from back patio, living/dining & 2 bedrooms  facing east

    Waterfront view from from back patio, living/dining & 2 bedrooms facing east

  • photo take @ Hunting Island

    photo take @ Hunting Island

  • Typical view of Shrimp boat at sunrise on St. Helena Sound

    Typical view of Shrimp boat at sunrise on St. Helena Sound

  • View from Hunting Island Lighthouse

    View from Hunting Island Lighthouse

  • Gay's Shrimp Docks

    Gay's Shrimp Docks

  • Johnson Creek

    Johnson Creek

  • 2nd Bedroom / Double Bed

    2nd Bedroom / Double Bed

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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